U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
EMS TRANSMISSION 11/21/2005
Instruction Memorandum No. 2006-042
To: All State Directors
From: Assistant Director, Business and Fiscal Resources
Subject: Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) – Acreage Data as of September 30, 2005 DD: 11/30/2005
Program Area: PILT
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) provides guidance to all Bureau of Land Management (BLM) State Offices on the procedures for submitting Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 PILT acreage information to the Department of the Interior (DOI) Budget Office.
Policy/Action: The BLM Washington Office (WO) Budget Group, WO-880, is assisting DOI with the gathering of information for the FY 2006 payments to be made under Public Law 97-258, the PILT Act, as amended (31 U.S.C. 6901-6907).
As in years past, we will need a report from your office on the number of acres of “entitlement lands” (as defined in the PILT Act) administered by your office as of September 30, 2005. Please be sure to include with your report a memorandum signed by the State Director certifying the accuracy of the data. This requirement is being implemented as a result of increased scrutiny of the DOI’s various payment programs by the General Accounting Office.
A computer diskette and a set of instructions have been sent under separate cover for use in providing the data to us. Any new units of local government not found on the diskette and for which entitlement lands are to be reported should be listed on a separate sheet of paper identifying the State, local government name, and new acreage data.
As a result of a July 15, 1994, DOI Solicitor’s Opinion and two PILT Act amendments (Public Law 103-397, dated October 22, 1994, and Public Law 105-83, dated November 14, 1997), the guidelines for reporting PILT entitlement lands have change as indicated below. Please note in your report if you are reporting any acreage resulting from the changes indicated below:
1. The PILT entitlement lands for the 11 census areas in Alaska (Aleutians West, Bethel, Dillingham, Nome, Prince of Wales, Skagway/Yakutat, Southeast Fairbanks, Valdez/Cordova, Wade Hampton, Wrangel/Peterburg and Yukon Koyukuk) should no longer be reported separately from the organized cities. Instead, only one total for each census area should be reported. This total should include any PILT entitlement lands located within the organized cities.
2. Federal lands acquired by a State through an exchange with the United States will continue to qualify and be reported as PILT entitlement lands if such lands were classified as PILT entitlement lands prior to State acquisition. Any BLM State Office exchanging PILT entitlement lands with a State is responsible for establishing a procedure under which the State receiving PILT lands will notify the BLM if such lands are returned to private ownership. If such lands are returned to private ownership, they will no longer qualify as PILT entitlement lands and should not be reported as such.
3. State-owned lands in Utah acquired by the United States for Federal lands, royalties, or other assets will now qualify as PILT entitlement lands if, at the time of such acquisition, a unit of general local government was entitled under applicable State law to receive PILT from the State of Utah for such lands.
Of particular concern are acreage data on withdrawn lands. Experience has shown that the withdrawn lands may be either reported in duplicate by two different organizations or not reported at all. We strongly suggest that each BLM State Office contact other organizations involved in a withdrawal to determine how the acreage will be reported. Attached is a list of government organizations and BLM State Office contacts that are responsible for reporting entitlement land acreage.
Please submit the requested information to Mr. William W. Howell, DOI Budget Office, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240, Mail Stop 4116, by November 30, 2005. If you have any questions, please call Mr. William Howell at 202-208-3157.
Timeframe: This IM is effective upon receipt.
Budget Impact: None
Background Impact: The PILT acreage data are required in order to compute PILT payments.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None
Coordination: See attachment “List of Agency Contacts.”
Contact: For more information, please contact Mr. William W. Howell, DOI Budget Office, at 202-208-3157, or for general process questions, contact Ms. Brenda Adams, WO-880, at 202-452-7720.
2 – Diskette/Instructions (Under Separate Cover)